Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Navigating by the Stars

A recent scarf sale prompted 
a commission order from this client!
I am working diligently to produce the perfect star image
in just the right colors for her.
Above is a first trial run
(not in her colors, mind you)
and I am extremely pleased with it.
Not only did it turn out beautifully,
but it has taught me a few things in the process.
Now I can get back to honing my skill set!

If you are interested,
this scarf is available for purchase
in the Gallery at 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Peace to you and yours.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Long Time, No Blog

Too busy to blog: shame on me!
I'm still trying to get back into a rhythm that is comfortable for me.
Art is my escape.
I dream about art - do you?
I mean, I dream about making art - do you?
I usually wake up at about 3:00 AM,
feel restless and cannot go back to sleep (or so I think!)
so I soothe my restless brain with images of future creations.
....and then the processing begins.
By that, I mean: how I will accomplish what I see in my mind's eye.
I hope that makes sense.
Below is what I envisioned/dreamed about several weeks ago

I've spent a couple of weeks refining this process - for me - 
and I'm feeling increasingly more comfortable with my results.
One thing I've learned:
I'm very often turned off when I get negative results,
so I quit trying.
In this, my new (gift) life,  I've learned to keep trying
and refining my process.
I think that most 'good' artists do this all the time.

So here's a rather grainy shot of another new scarf that I finished this week.
It's all about the process, and learning how to make it right!

I spent several hours this afternoon
uploading images of new and glorious scarves to the 
If you think you might be interested,
please check them out.
At $50.00, they are a great value!

I also uploaded to the Art Beyond the Surface website
two images of spun polyester art
that occupied my time while I was 
in the midst of cancer treatment.
I named the series "Holey Holey Holey".
This is the "Holey Trinity".
I apologize if this offend you.

I think I called this next one "A Tiny Holey"

These are made from layers of hand-dyed spun polyester, 
which have been heat-cut,
and then joined by a French knot
in metallic gold.

In the mean time, we took a lovely trip to Southern California.
We have lucky family who live on a very old and splendid golf course,
and we were fortunate enough to take our morning walks there.

We took the train in to Union Station in downtown LA:

Even though the temperature was above 100F, 
we really enjoyed our visit.

Next door to the train station is the
United States Post Office Annex.
It houses many amazing murals,
which are definitely a must see.

We enjoyed our lunch that day
at the ever popular Philippe's.
Their French Dip sandwiches are a must.

I snapped this pic of a Bird of Paradise 
just outside Union Station.

....and then there's always my knitting
maybe this should be another blog post?????
Our little Charlie is so enamored by frogs these days
(when you ask him a question he usually answers "Ribit, Ribit"!)
that I've knit him these mitts for his upcoming birthday

Why three you ask?
Well, first of all, he is bound to lose one, right?
Secondly, even though I measured his hands,
I wasn't quite sure that the smaller size was correct...
until I knit the next larger size!

I also knit Mags this adorable little hat

I love the scalloped edge at the brim!
Both of my grands have large heads,
so I had to adjust the patterns to accomodate!
It worked!

And then there are these mittens!

I've gotten into a mitten knitting frenzy!
I bought this yarn while we were in California,
and I just love it.
It's Malabrigo Rios,
in case you are a knitter and need to know!
It is so soft and warm!
The pattern is Quiver by Bronwyn the Brave.
It's a fun knit...
and the mitts fit me perfectly!

So, I guess that's it for now.
You can see more of my scarf creations on the

Thanks for stopping by!
Peace to you and yours!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Dawn of a New Day

I snapped this pic last weekend at our condo in Atlanta.
The sun was just rising.
I couldn't sleep.
The pic is so apropos to how I am feeling.

You see, it's been just a little over a year
since I received my wake up call.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer on August 13, 2013.
The year that followed was eye-opening in many ways.
I won't go into detail about that,
but many times I thought about the art I wanted to make
when I felt stronger.
I began making that art this week.
It is very exciting to me.

I'm carving more stamps,

an exercise that is near and dear to my heart.

I'm doing more free motion machine stitching.

…..and I'm trying techniques that simply
pop into my head…..
the 'what ifs' 
that I had always been afraid to try in the past!

Don't wait for a wake up call!
Play today and enjoy every minute!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace to you and yours.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Vacation time at RDC

We have just returned from the most marvelous vacation!
For the past 30 years, we have enjoyed at least a week
almost every summer on the shores of Squam Lake
at a magical place called Rockywold Deephaven Camps.
Our week there this year ranks as one of the best ever.
Our daughter, son-in-law and both grandkids were along,
so it was busy and very exciting.
We fell in love with RDC when our daughter was just four.
Seeing this beautiful part of nature through her eyes 
was truly a joy….
and now we are getting to do it all over again 
with Charlie and Mags!
The weather couldn't have been more perfect,
and the lake, although a bit chilly to our Southern toes,
was energizing and always a treat.

We hiked up our favorite Rattlesnake

Charlie took his first sail with his Dad

we kayaked

we swam

and some of us even square danced!

We were always inspired and awed by the nature around us

a 'sunrise' from our cabin
sunset from our cabin
sunset at Rockywold Main Dock

There were frogs

and there was tons of ice cream!

……and I even managed to get in a little knitting

my Banana Leaf Shawl has grown!

and I started a second Tan Yard Brook Shawl!

and we were serenaded by the wonderful call of the loons at night

Thanks for popping in!

Peace to you and yours!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Knitting/Sewing up Loose Ends

I've finished knitting two shawls over the past week!
neither is blocked yet!
Above is Jennifer Lassonde's Tan House Brook Shawl,
knit from one of Schoppel's Crazy Zauberballs.
Here's another shot of it, styled a bit differently

I also finished my Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl,
designed by Paula Emons-Fuessle.
It's knit from leftover yarns in my stash, plus one black skein of 
Plymouth Yarn Sakkie.

So, having finished two shawls, I've cast-on another!
This is the beautiful Banana Leaf Shawl, designed by Yuki Ueda.

I'm knitting this with Quince&co. piper,
which is 50% superfine Texas merino & 50% Texas mohair.
It is the softest most wonderful yarn I've ever held in my hands!
I can just imagine how glorious it will feel around my neck and shoulders!

I got out in the studio the other day and did a bit of thread dyeing for my next art quilt.
It was great to play with the dyes again!
I'll have pics to share soon!

And I'm playing around with a new outfit for Maggie.
Here Mama chose the dress design,
and I picked out the fabric.
Here is the little diaper cover:

Hopefully I'll have a dress photo to show in a few days!
Speaking of diaper covers, Maggie (now 20 months)
told her Mama that she needed her diaper changed the other evening.
She pointed down at her diaper and then over at 
her changing table.
Her Mama giggled, because this was a first 
(sometimes she will say she needs to go potty,
and sometimes she will go and sometimes she won't).
Maggie looked very sad when her Mama giggled,
so she held her hand out like a policeman and said 
"Stop, Mama, stop!"
Never a dull moment with Maggie & Charlie!

We're closing in on another weekend - where do the days go?

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace to you and yours!

Thursday, August 07, 2014


'Stage II'  judyinthedyes
I finished 'Stage II' earlier this week.
The base of this art quilt is dyed and painted silk crepe de chine that I completed
for Jane Dunnewold's Art Cloth Mastery Program.
I had done much of the surface design during the last two weeks of my Mother's life,
while she was in Hospice care,
and then I found it too difficult to work with and even look at (after her death)
until a little over a year ago.
Then I cut it all up into pieces like you see here,
and began to hand embroider and appliqué it.
It became a very nice meditative piece….
and then I was diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer…..
and it became even more meditative.
On days when I couldn't find energy to do anything else,
Stage II was always there for me.

I love the effect of disperse dyed polyester sheers,
so I added those after taking a class this past Spring 
with Cas Holmes.
I machine quilted those pieces.

I also love the manner in which Jane LaFazio creates 
her art quilts, so she has influenced me heavily in this piece -
although I've not taken an art quilt class from Jane.

Here are a few detail shots:

machine embroidered flower stem on the right panel with disperse dyes, hand embroidery on the left

my favorite panel with lots of handwork

another panel of disperse dyed polyester with machine embroidery, surrounded by hand embroidered sections

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace to you and yours!